Ohio is a bellwether state – as Ohio goes, so goes the Presidency – at least, that has been the case for the past fifty years.
And Ohio is going red, conservative, and center-right, just like the rest of the country.
In 2006, Independent Republican Mike DeWine could not run from his party, a losing brand which also lost control of Congress for the first time in twelve years. His replacement, Sherrod Brown, is an unapologetic progressive, a legislator whose values are out-of-step with the Midwest. Now facing his first reelection battle, Brown has embraced his stock with President Barack Obama, to his greater hurt.
Understandably, the state swung for Obama in 2008. Even top-ranking Republicans were commenting that if the GOP was a brand of dog food, stores would have been taking them off the shelf in large quantities. A party which strayed from its message of limited government and constitutional rule, conservative and liberal voters were seeking “hope and change.”
After four years, voters realize that President Obama has brought change all right, but in the wrong direction. Four years of high unemployment and anemic growth, health insurance mandates which are crippling the industry while driving up costs, and a fiscal policy that is eroding our currency while harming industries across the country must be stopped.
2010 was a sign of better things to come. Rob Portman won the Senate seat from resigning moderate George Voinovich, more a thorn in the side of his fellow Republicans than the opposition. House Rep John Kasich took the Governor’s mansion, signaling a further conservative resurgence.
Ohioans sent a loud message to Congress that year, with five Congressional seats flipping to the GOP column. Following the federal census and reapportionment, the Buckeye state has lost two seats, which forced one of the most outspoken liberals, two-time Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, out of office following a brutal primary. His defeat is the canary in the coal mine in Ohio for Obama and his progressive brand of liberal politics, the new brand of dog food that is going off the shelf and into the ash heap of history.
Senator Brown is soon to follow Kucinich. A brief review of his voting record should be enough to dissuade voters from giving Brown a second term. At the top of the list, Brown voted for ObamaCare, an overblown and underfunded insurance mandate, now a crippling tax per the Supreme Court, which has driven up the cost of premiums while decreasing the number of available policies. This law imposes overwhelming regulatory burdens on employers and insurance companies. Other deleterious effects of the law include the growing number of illegal immigrants who cannot be tracked down by the IRS to pay the mandate-fee-tax. Hospitals are closing because of ObamaCare’s raid on Medicare, including three hospitals in Pennsylvania. ObamaCare also failed to deal with the lawsuit abuse that is crippling hospitals, preventing them from purchasing insurance to protect themselves.
Other notable failures on Brown’s legislative record include the following:
The most misapplied name of all – the “Stimulus” that did not stimulate!
Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments – i.e. TARP – Brown voted against free market and a ready recovery by authorizing hundreds of billions to bail out “too big to fail” financial firms, a bailout gone too far.
Earmark Moratorium – Even Missouri’s Claire McCaskill supported ending earmarks!
DREAM Act – a poorly conceived bill which would do nothing to assist undocumented children, instead placing them in a more legally precarious position in this country
Stem Cell Research Hope Act of 2007 – immoral legislation which authorized researchers to break down embryos, conceived children in vitro, for research.
Brown, one of the most liberal members of the Senate, also supported subsidies for Amtrak, yet refused to support limits on spending. He also voted against closing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – two of the prime instigators in the sub-prime mortgage crisis which created the Great Recession.
Brown’s challenger, Republican Josh Mandel has served as both state senator and treasurer. Mandel led the charge to divest Ohio funds from Iran, a flagrant civil rights violator with ties to international terrorism. As state treasurer, Mandel ensured that the Buckeye state never passed the buck regarding financial stability and pension protection. While other states saw their investment ratings go down, Ohio retained the highest rank. Protecting Ohio state workers, Mandel terminated contracts with two banks who were later indicting for overcharging clients.
Mandel wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a 10 Point Healthcare Plan. He wants to simplify the taxcode and stop the wasteful spending in Washington, something that Brown has failed to do. His keen attention to fiscal matters, protecting the future of taxpayer and the fiscal well-being of his state, both signal that Mandel can handle the Senate.
On November 6th, vote for Josh Mandel for US Senate.